Watercolour paints

Lakeland sunset watercolour

So this watercolour painting as a family is becoming a thing now … this time I’ve got the Lakeland sunset paintings that we did a couple of weeks ago following Matthew Palmer’s online workshop.

This time I don’t have any in progress shots, just the finished ones. Love the final piece I made, and proud of how we all did as a family.

Although the class isn’t difficult to follow, the techniques are sometimes tricky to master, so each is a new lesson.

Looking forward to more lessons… this weekend the princess and I did an African sunset, but will share the results on another day!

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Watercolour paints

Elle Smith watercolour highland cow

Another day, another watercolour tutorial… do you get the impression I am obsessed? They require very little resources or space to play with, which is an issue whilst I am WFH at the moment… hence they keep getting played with.

Anyway this time it was the highland cow one from Elle Smith Art tutorial.

Not sure I got the fluffy hair on his forehead right but still love how it turned out!

Happy crafting!


Watercolour paints

You tube tutorials and FaceTime chats

I decided to invite one of my daughter’s friends to join Maya and I on a painting day by joining us virtually on FaceTime and watching the same you tube video at the same time. It took some technical shenanigans but we got there and a couple of weeks ago painted flamingos using this YouTube tutorial.

Here is my finished piece…

This was fun to paint and more importantly good to chat with the girls and then hearing them continue chatting after the painting session!

This week we tried it again… this time the theme is butterflies and this was the tutorial.

The tutorial doesnt include splatters for this but I couldn’t help myself!

Our set up for painting is a little squished… L on FaceTime on the phone, iPad showing the you tube video to me and M, L has the you tube on a phone too. We have to pause at the same time to keep in sync and we listen to the audio from L’s end!

Not sure what the plan is for next week …. Will have to find another suitable painting for us to try!

Happy crafting!


Watercolour paints

Elle Smith Art Facebook paint a long sessions

My friend Darcy let me know about another artist offering watercolour tutorials, this time as Facebook videos, so I thought I would have a go.

The artist is Elle Smith (Facebook name is Elle Smith Art). She does a loose watercolour paintings with animals mainly so very different in style to Matthew Palmer who we are doing the landscape paintings with.

I started with a pheasant in flight…

There is a lot more drawing for these ones but it was still an enjoyable couple of hours. I would say its about half drawing and half painting.

The next I tried was a giraffe, this time I did the drawing in one session and the painting in another.

Super happy with this … think the head should have been a little longer but happy with how it turned out.

So far I’ve also managed to do the drawing for a highland cow but not got around to the painting part yet. Will share when I have!

Am enjoying playing with watercolours and learning new skills. Would recommend Elle’s tutorials for people just starting out as they aren’t too difficult. Matthew’s are more complex but he talks through each stage really well so again anyone can have a go and learn.

Happy crafting!


Watercolour paints

Watercolour Painting … moonlit city scene

Once again the family gathered last Sunday to do a Matthew Palmer watercolour.tv online live workshop. This time he was teaching a moonlit night city scene… Think Venice.

This is what I created…

Not exactly Venice in style but happy with my made up scene!

And here are the families efforts…

Each has its good parts and bad parts and once again fun was had… although the stress of adding those lampposts at the end was big style tense!!!

Didn’t take many in progress shots but here are the couple I took!

As you can see it goes through the “hot mess” stage before it starts to pull together into a picture.

Once again pleased with what I created. This weekend not doing a live one but instead one that we’ve purchased from a few weeks ago as we didn’t fancy the theme this week. So will of course share the results once we have them!

Happy crafting!


Dies, Watercolour paints

Happy birthday Auntie M (For a few weeks ago)

It was my Auntie Margarets 70th birthday at the beginning of the month, but she didn’t want a fuss so I decided not to emblazon her card with a number!

Instead I made this pretty and delicate card.

I used the stamps from last month’s Creative Stamping magazine to create a subtle background on the card and for the focal image which I coloured using watercolour pencils.

I then chose some tiny stamps from another set in the stash to add the little flower in Crisp Cantaloupe ink and the little heart in the pale Soft Sky ink just to add a little colour in the background. The hearts I added some wink of Stella to as well, again subtle but there if you are looking at it.

Next I chose the die cut window and the sticker onto which I embossed the sentiment from my box of embellishments. I love how the added dimension of the window just adds some thing special to the card.

I finished with sequins in the pale blue and the stamped green Happy which if I am honest I would have preferred as a die cut, but I don’t have the word happy as a die cut, so need to add that to my shopping list.

Super happy with this pretty card for my lovely auntie M.

Happy crafting!


Darcy, Promarkers, Letraset, Watercolour paints

Heart themed card

I have a card I made to share with you today which uses all Darcy stamps which I had on the desk from making the heart coins I shared last week.

I started by masking off a section of a card blank with washi tape and then stamping and masking the word hearts. This really is one of my favourite stamps.

I then coloured the stamps using watercolour pencils and a water brush. There is a bit of shimmer to the hearts because I hadn’t cleaned my brush out from using it in my shimmer paints! Ooops! Happy accident!

Next I stamped one of the Darcy characters and coloured with promarkers and fussy cut them out to add to the card.

I finished the card off with one black gem.

Love this! Such a simple card to make really… might do this again with other stamps to make an interesting panel on the background.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, Darcy, Promarkers, Letraset, Shrink plastic, That's the Ticket, Watercolour paints

Hearts and layers coin swap


Today I am sharing four coins that I made for a swap where the theme was hearts and layers… so yes it needed to have layers and feature hearts!

I started by stamping and masking and stamping some backgrounds onto some thick cardstock. I used Darcy stamps from Paperartsy for all the hearts as I love the different types of hearts she designed. I stamped the word hearts in memento and the circle hearts in Candied Apple distress ink.

I had loosely drawn around some coins so I knew how much to cover of the cardstock I was using.

Next I started colouring them in… promarkers for the word hearts…

… and the background…

Once these were finished I cut them out and added some embossing using a different heart themed stamp from Darcy’s collection. These I clear embossed to give texture to the coins.

Next up was to do some layers and focal images… I chose to use scraps of this fabulous textural wallpaper and then another Darcy heart which I embossed and then coloured using the shimmery watercolours in shades of pink and grey.

I love how shimmery and shiny these are. I also edged the coins in Black to frame them.

Next I added the embellishments… a shrink plastic ticket I stamped and cut out, a gemstone and some stamped words from another Darcy stamp set.

Ok now to show the real colours in daylight and not just the orange look they get under the desk lamp…

Love how they came out!

So these are my coins for the swap… I think there were enough layers and enough hearts to satisfy the conditions of the swap! Hopefully Janet who I made them for loved them too!

Happy crafting!


Design Team, Martha Stewart punches, Punches, Watercolour paints

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Here is my second design team contribution for today… for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I used some really old pretty papers and added some sewing shabby chic style before adding the rabbit stamped images that I coloured with water colour pencils.

I added some pearls and to one of them a flower with a pearl centre.

Love these sweet cards.

Happy crafting!


Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Watercolour paints

Stamped tag for UK Stampers Forum swap

I created a wintery tag for this month’s swap…

I added bookprint to the tag, then some stencilling using white acrylic paint. I also added more stencilling using texture paste. This created a nice resist for the shimmer watercolour paint I added.

Then I added stamping using both distress inks and archival. Next more stamping using versamark and embossing powder to add even more texture to the background and also for the focal image which I stamped onto white card and cut out.

I love the wintery feel of this tag. For the finishing touch I added the ribbon and twine by stapling it with coloured staples.

I also defined the edges with darker ink to give it more depth.

Happy crafting!